“Gili Kondo” may still sound unfamiliar to many ears as it’s not frequently visited by tourists from outside Lombok or foreign tourists. However, that doesn’t mean Gili Kondo lacks its own charm. On the contrary, Gili Kondo will make you realize that Lombok is a paradise for underwater tourism enthusiasts. Gili Kondo is one of the must-visit tourist destinations when you’re in Lombok. For local tourists, its name might already be well-known, as it’s a favorite weekend getaway.
Gili Kondo is situated in the Sambelia District, East Lombok Regency, in the West Nusa Tenggara Province. If you’re in the central city of Mataram, it will take you around 2.5 hours to reach Padak Juar Port in the Sambelia District. At this port, you will meet the crew who will take you to Gili Kondo. The journey to Gili Kondo from the port usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
A trip to Gili Kondo is the best journey that will not disappoint you. Exploring the mangrove forest in Gili Petagan feels like being in the Amazon River, witnessing the crystal-clear waters of Gili Bidara, and the sight of coral reefs and marine life in Gili Kondo that you might rarely see elsewhere. Apart from its natural and less-visited state, various beautiful coral reefs will wave as if welcoming your arrival. Thousands of fish species, including the beautiful clownfish (Nemo), are easily found here. Additionally, in Gili Kondo, you can also discover a small uninhabited island named Gili Kapal by the locals. On this island, you’ll be greeted with the view of an extremely exotic white sandy beach.
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Pick-up at the Airport, Hotel, or accommodation location, timing depends on the place and distance of pick-up. Afterward, you will be taken to have breakfast at one of the famous restaurants in East Lombok.
Upon arriving at Padak Guar Port in Sambalia, you will be welcomed by the ship's crew who will later take you on a tour around with a wooden boat.
After selecting our snorkeling gear, we will begin the tour to Gili Petagan. Here, you will navigate through waters surrounded by mangrove forests, resembling a journey through the Amazon rainforest in America. Additionally, the sea water in Gili Petagan is incredibly clear, allowing you to freely admire the beauty of the coral reefs on the seabed. Following that, we will disembark from the boat to visit Gili Kapal, a small island that only emerges during low tide.
After enjoying a photo session at Gili Kapal, we will return to the boat and head towards Gili Bidara. We will engage in snorkeling and have a lunch break on this island. You'll be amazed by the beauty of the coral reefs present here. The sea water is clear like ordinary bottled water, allowing you to freely explore every beautiful sight at Gili Bidara.
Don't forget to bring some bread to feed the colorful fish here, so that they come and play with you.
After thoroughly exploring the underwater world of Gili Bidara, our next destination is Gili Kondo, where you can relish the beauty of its soft-textured, white sandy beach. Gili Kondo is an island that's perfect for you to unwind on its expanse of white sand while gazing at the blue sea, Mount Rinjani, and the island of Sumbawa, visible from this point. If you're eager for more snorkeling, the underwater garden of Gili Kondo is equally as stunning as Gili Bidara. Here, you are free to express yourselves and enjoy the surroundings to the fullest.
We will return to the port as evening arrives, where you will enjoy the sunset view from the boat. Afterward, the team will take you to your next destination within the Lombok area.
2 Pax: 1.350.000/Pax
4 Pax: 900.000/Pax
6 Pax: 750.000/Pax
8 Pax: 550.000/Pax
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The island of Lombok will never run out of unique tourist spots that offer incredible beauty. While not as famous as its neighboring island Bali, Lombok boasts natural riches and captivating attractions that are equally enchanting. There are numerous small uninhabited islands that we commonly know as “Gili,” renowned for their splendid beaches and unparalleled marine life. One of these remarkable Gili islands in East Lombok is Gili Kondo, Gili Bidara, and Gili Petagan. Another is Gili Kapal, a small island that emerges during low tide. Let’s delve deeper into these islands and get to know them better.
Located at the eastern tip of Lombok, precisely in the Sambalia District, Gili Kondo remains relatively untouched by tourists. This is why, when travelers stumble upon it, they dub it the “Hidden Paradise.” Despite its remote location and smaller size compared to Gili Trawangan or Gili Air, requiring extra effort to reach, the natural beauty of Gili Kondo will leave you in awe. The beach and underwater views surrounding the island are incredibly picturesque. Moreover, you can clearly see Mount Rinjani and the island of Sumbawa in the background as you relax on the beach. Its distance from the crowds preserves its natural state and ensures its sustainability.
In addition to the exotic white sandy beach, Gili Kondo also boasts clear and transparent seawater. You’ll experience the sensation of swimming in an endless pool. Snorkeling and diving are highly recommended activities. The beauty and diversity of marine life will indulge anyone who visits the island. While snorkeling, you’ll come across hundreds of beautifully colored fish swimming alongside you. Discovering the vibrant hues of coral reefs and various rare species will be a valuable experience while snorkeling or diving in Gili Kondo.
Gili Kondo’s naturalness and tranquility remain preserved. Moreover, Gili Kondo is uninhabited and visited by only a few tourists. The cool and secluded beach ambiance makes it an ideal place to relax and relish nature. You can savor the serene beauty of the beach while enjoying a refreshing glass of fruit juice.
Gili Kondo holds its own myth related to the Kondo bird. The Kondo bird was known to inhabit this island in ancient times. While these birds are no longer visible, the Kondo bird remains a symbol of the island’s allure. You can search for any remaining traces of the Kondo bird as you explore the beauty of this island.
Upon arriving at Gili Bidara, you’ll be greeted by the stunning beach scenery and crystal-clear seawater. However, the main attraction of this Gili is undoubtedly its underwater beauty. The diverse coral reefs, various fish species, and other marine life make Gili Bidara a paradise for divers and snorkeling enthusiasts.
If you’re experienced in diving, you can explore the deeper underwater depths to witness a more spectacular underwater beauty. However, for those without experience, you can still enjoy Gili Bidara’s underwater beauty through snorkeling. You’ll encounter numerous colorful small fish living amidst the vibrant coral reefs.
Many visitors are mesmerized by Gili Bidara’s underwater beauty. Some even claim that the underwater views of Gili Bidara surpass the well-known Gili Trawangan. Furthermore, due to Gili Bidara’s lesser fame, you can enjoy this underwater beauty without the crowds.
Yet, like any other tourist destination, we must maintain the cleanliness and preservation of Gili Bidara for the enjoyment of future generations. We can start by not littering and maintaining the cleanliness of the beach and sea. Additionally, if you wish to try diving or snorkeling in Gili Bidara, ensure you use services from authorized tour providers who follow safety regulations.
Gili Bidara can be an appealing alternative for those seeking new vacation spots on Lombok Island. Apart from its enchanting underwater beauty, Gili Bidara offers tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty. Don’t miss the chance to visit this place and relish its spectacular underwater magnificence.
When on Gili Petagan, you’ll experience a different sensation compared to most other Gili islands in Lombok. As you navigate Gili Petagan, you’ll be greeted by the sight of lush and verdant mangrove forests. These mangroves are crucial for maintaining the marine ecosystem’s balance and serve as a habitat for various wildlife species such as birds, monkeys, and small fish.
What makes Gili Petagan truly special, however, is the serene and clear seawater. The sea around Gili Petagan boasts a spectrum of colors, ranging from deep blue to golden-green. Swimming or snorkeling around Gili Petagan gives you the feeling of being immersed in the clear waters of the Amazon River.
Moreover, Gili Petagan offers an incredible experience for divers. The area is adorned with beautiful coral reefs and captivating fish species. You’ll witness a variety of colorful fish in different sizes, ranging from small to large ones like sharks and rays. Gili Petagan is also a habitat for various turtle species, providing you with the opportunity to observe turtles leisurely swimming around the area.
Gili Petagan is an ideal spot for those seeking to relish unspoiled natural beauty that’s still relatively unexplored by tourists. Furthermore, it’s perfect for families or groups of friends looking for a tranquil and peaceful vacation environment.
To reach Gili Petagan, you can use both land and sea transportation. From the ports around East Lombok, you can take a boat or speedboat to Gili Petagan. If you wish to enjoy a more scenic view, traditional wooden boats are available around Gili Petagan.
To reach these islands, extra effort is required as they involve a considerable travel time from various locations in Lombok. For instance, coming from Lombok Airport takes about 2 to 2.5 hours by motorbike or private vehicle to reach Padak Guar Sambalia Port. Upon arrival at the port, you’ll need to use local boat services to cross to the desired island. For approximately 300,000 Indonesian Rupiah, you can rent a boat capable of accommodating up to 10 people.
Finding boat services to take you to these islands isn’t too challenging; numerous options are available. Given the relatively lower daily tourist influx, securing a boat rental on the spot is generally feasible without prior booking. However, if you’re uncertain about arranging the tour or journey on your own, feel free to book through us. It’ll be easier and safer when using professional services for your journey. Furthermore, the cost can be more affordable with ensured transportation facilities and service quality.
As they are still not frequented by many tourists, the three aforementioned Gilis currently lack hotel and restaurant facilities. However, for those seeking accommodation near these Gilis, several hotels are available for your stay during your vacation near Gili Kondo, Gili Bidara, and Gili Petagan. Here’s a list of hotels you can consider:
The above prices are subject to change based on the tourist arrival season. Usually, prices will increase during holiday seasons.
If you’re looking for a delightful vacation destination, then Gili Kondo, Gili Bidara, and Gili Petagan are the perfect choices. These islands are renowned for their spectacular underwater beauty and tranquil, peaceful ambiance.
To reach these islands, you can take a local boat from Padak Guar Sambalia Port. The journey takes around 2 hours from Lombok Airport, but you’ll be treated to breathtaking views along the way.
Upon arriving at these islands, you can revel in the stunning underwater beauty through snorkeling or diving. You can also explore the enchanting mangrove forest around Gili Petagan, reminiscent of the Amazon River.
For accommodation, there are several hotels located near these islands. You can choose from various types of hotels that suit your needs and holiday budget.
To plan your vacation, contact 17Tour Agency to get a vacation package tailored to your desires. Our team is ready to assist you in planning an unforgettable holiday at Gili Kondo, Gili Bidara, and Gili Petagan. Feel free to reach out to us and enjoy the beauty of Lombok’s nature!